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Human Rights and Religious Persecution

Articles On: Uyghur’s Case, Hong Kong, and Grand Bazaar

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, May 15, 2022

This section documents the myriad abuses that the Chinese Communist Party commits against its own people in violation of its commitments under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Foreign Interference and Coercion

Articles On: Spider-Man, Banks, Australian Election, Political Virus, Vaccine Diplomacy, Competition Bill, CCP Influence, Japan, and Zambia’s Debt

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, May 15, 2022

The Chinese Communist Party wages a series of foreign interference and coercion campaigns and this section provides articles and reports explaining those actions, as well as the damage they do abroad.

Environmental Harms

Articles On: China’s Green Belt and Road and Iranian Oil Imports

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, May 15, 2022

China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and generates enormous pollution and environmental degradation. This section highlights the activities carried out by entities controlled by the Chinese Communist Party that harm our environment.

Authoritarianism

Articles On: Russia, Covid, Social Media, War, Apple, Morality Councils, Demographic Decline, Press Freedom, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Chinese American Author

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, May 15, 2022

Articles that illuminate the lack of personal freedom and political liberty under the Chinese Communist Party.

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Rebooting Europe’s China Strategy

via Institut Montaigne
Friday, May 13, 2022

Europe’s leading foreign policy experts provide a roadmap for reforming Europe’s China Strategy given that “systemic rivalry” now forms the core of the EU-PRC relationship.

by Ian Bond, Francois Godement, Hanns W. Maull, and Volker Stanzel

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A Teacher in China Learns the Limits of Free Expression

via The New Yorker
Monday, May 9, 2022

At Chinese universities, when a student reports a professor for political wrongdoing, the verb that’s used to describe this action is jubao (to report or denounce). It happens rarely, but the possibility is always there, because potential infractions are both undefined and extremely varied. A student might jubao a teacher for a comment about a sensitive historical event, or a remark that seems to contradict a Communist Party policy. Ambiguous statements about Xi Jinping, the President of China, are especially risky.

by Peter Hessler

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The Lessons Taiwan Is Learning From Ukraine

via The Atlantic
Saturday, May 7, 2022

Russia’s invasion on the other side of the world has spurred ordinary Taiwanese to take practical steps to guard against similar action by Beijing.

by Chris Horton

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China Unveils Its Vision Of A Global Security Order

via The Economist
Thursday, May 5, 2022

More disruptively for the world at large, China is growing more willing to adopt Russian arguments about how to organize a global security order. On April 21st, Xi presented a new “Global Security Initiative” to the Boao Forum for Asia, a Chinese gathering of bigwigs. Xi’s initiative is dense, brow-furrowing stuff. He calls for a security order that is “common, comprehensive, co-operative and sustainable” and declares humanity “an indivisible security community”. Xi’s speech is a code. Governments from Europe to Japan and Australia should take it seriously, for it is China’s latest bid to delegitimize collective security frameworks that have protected nations for decades.

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People’s Republic of China Efforts to Amplify the Kremlin’s Voice on Ukraine

via U.S. Department of State
Monday, May 2, 2022

The U.S. State Department details how the Chinese Communist Party wages a comprehensive information warfare campaign on behalf of the Russian Federation and Putin’s Kremlin.

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Inside China’s Zero-Covid Fortress, Xi Admits No Doubts

via The New York Times
Sunday, May 1, 2022

The outbreaks in Shanghai, Beijing and other cities are testing Xi’s acumen and authority before the Communist Party Congress late this year. While he is nearly certain to win a groundbreaking third term as party general secretary, Xi also wants to ensure the leadership is dominated by officials who will defend him and enforce his agenda. To secure that outcome, Xi wants to demonstrate serene political mastery, and until lately, the zero-Covid strategy has been a signature achievement: an effective, if expensive, and generally popular vow that China would avoid mass sickness and deaths… Now there is no easy way out of that fortress. Xi’s leadership has been so invested in showing that China could handle its own pandemic needs that the government held off from introducing mRNA vaccines developed abroad, which are generally more effective than the PRC’s homegrown vaccines.

by Chris Buckley

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